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Wet Year Continues for Northern Locations

Wet Year Continues for Northern Locations:

November has turned wetter than normal, a partial relief for much of Minnesota where drought has mostly prevailed. But at some northern Minnesota climate stations 2022 has been a wet year throughout. Places like International Falls, Grand Portage, Tower, and Wolf Ridge ELC have already seen over 10 inches of snow this month and continue to have above normal precipitation totals for the year. Grand Portage with a total of 35.89 inches and Tower with a total of 35.75 inches for 2022 a re racking up a top ten wettest year historically. Further, Wolf Ridge ELC with 39.41 inches and International Falls with 33.71 inches in 2022 already rank among the five wettest years in history.

Weekly Weather Potpourri:

During this month where Seasonal Affected Disorder materializes for many citizens due to short days, cloudy skies, and cold temperatures, there is an interesting article provided by the BBC Weather Center about the overall effects of weather on moodiness. The article stresses how important it is to get outdoors at least for brief periods during the winter months, especially on days when the sun is shining.

A recent article in the Journal of Geophysical Research by scientists from Stockholm documents the disparity in warming that is occurring across Europe. Many areas are warming dramatically, especially in summer, and trending more towards a drier climate as well. This is due primarily to aerosols (greenhouse gases) as opposed to natural variability.

MPR listener question:

With all the heavy snowfalls this month, especially in northeastern Minnesota (Lake Superior north shore locations), we wondered what is the all-time daily record for snowfall in the state during the month of November?


The all-time 24-hr snowfall record for Minnesota during the month of November is 29.0 inches at Cook 18W (St Louis County) on November 1, 1991, during the 2nd day of the famous Halloween Blizzard. Several other northeastern communities reported over two feet of snow that day as well.

Twin Cities Almanac for November 25th:

The average MSP high temperature for this date is 37 degrees F (plus or minus 10 degrees F standard deviation), while the average low is 23 degrees F (plus or minus 10 degrees F standard deviation).

MSP Local Records for November 25th:

MSP records for this date: highest daily maximum temperature of 62 degrees F in 1914; lowest daily maximum temperature of 6 degrees F in 1977; lowest daily minimum temperature of -18 degrees F in 1880; highest daily minimum temperature of 44 degrees F in 2011; record precipitation of 0.97 inches in 1896. Record snowfall is 5.3 inches in 1952.

Average dew point for November 25th is 21°F; the maximum dew point on this date is 45°F in 2011; and the minimum dew point on this date is -19 degrees F in 1977.

All-time state records for November 25th:

The state record high temperature for this date is 76 degrees F at Faribault (Rice County) in 1933. The state record low temperature for this date is -36 degrees F at Pokegama Dam (Itasca County) in 1903. The state record precipitation for this date is 3.00 inches at Le Sueur (Le Sueur County) in 1896. Record snowfall is 16.7 inches at Island Lake (St Louis County) in 1983.

Words of the Week: Manitoba Mauler:

This is the name given to a particularly intense Alberta Clipper by meteorologist Larry Cosgrove who writes the daily Weather America newsletter. It is an intense closed low that passes over Canada and entrains the high latitude polar air on the back side, dragging it down across the Great Lakes and producing large quantities of lake-effect snow, gusty winds and cold windchills.

Past Weather:

November 25, 1960 brought a very mild day to Minnesota with most southern counties reporting daytime high temperatures of 60°F or greater. In Yellow Medicine and Lac Qui Parle Counties the temperature reached 70°F. Under sunny skies, many chose to take their lunch break outside.

One of the coldest ever November 25ths in state history occurred in 1977. Except for Winona, the entire state of Minnesota awoke to subzero temperature readings with -20°F or colder prevailing in many central and northern communities. The daytime high temperature at Detroit Lakes only reached -3°F.


Mild weather prevailing through the weekend, then increasing cloudiness early next week with a chance for snow on Tuesday and Wednesday. Much cooler towards the end of next week.

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